Posts Tagged "Facebook"

TOGETHERVILLE.COM (A Dad in the Middle Review)

Togetherville This site has been known as Dad in the Middle for quite some time now.  It is a name which causes some confusion, but it is based on my position as a father, and a more specifically a Christian father, who is stuck in the middle of what I used to be before Christ and what God is turning me into.  As the father of four in a technological age, one of my constant struggles is to keep track of what my kids are doing online.  As a Christian Dad in particular, I face the added struggle of explaining to my kids why they are not allowed to do “what everyone else is doing.” As a Dad in the Middle of it all, I appreciate resources that help me in that endeavor, and today I am going to review one such resource.   Togetherville.com provides kids under the age of 13 a fun and engaging alternative to Facebook.

The Problem / The Need

Every good product serves a need or solves a problem.  Here is the problem we are going to talk about today – Facebook has become a bit of an institution in our society.  More and more people join every day, and that means more and more kids are exposed to Facebook every day.  And let’s face it, Facebook is fun!  It’s fun to connect with people, there are plenty of cool games to play, and keeping up on trendy things is just generally fun.  That means kids will also want to be involved, and the problem for them is that Facebook does not allow pre-teens to be members.  In reality, I do not actually view the fact that pre-teens are not allowed on Facebook as  a “problem” because I don’t think most kids under 13 should be on Facebook to begin with, but it does present a problem from the kids’ standpoint as they increasingly desire to enjoy the same internet driven social networking that their parents and friends are using.  For parents who have signed their kids up for Facebook when they are not yet 13, there was an interesting discussion on CMConnect.org about the implications of allowing kids to lie about their age in order to obtain access to the site.  That alone should give us pause for concern as Christian parents.

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Best of the Best – Children’s Ministry Internet Resources

Clip Art Graphic of a Desktop Computer Cartoon CharacterThe Internet has changed the way people live. Some of those changes have been for the worse, but some of them have been for the better. One of the changes for the better is the immediate availability of resources. There are a number of great resources out there in cyberspace for those who work in Children’s Ministry. My struggle in developing this list was not to find adequate sites, but to limit them to just the top three for each category! The list person who dwells inside of me would have given you a list of every site I ever visited ranked by how useful I found them, but I decided to refrain. So, the following is a list of my personal Top 3 sites for various categories related to Children’s Ministry:

Forums

Now, this category was easier than the rest in terms of selecting just three entries. There are three sites that I visit almost every day related to children’s ministry, and each of those sites have great forums filled with great people ready to help out with their wisdom and insight. If you have any, and I mean any, questions related to Children’s Ministry, check out the following forums:

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The Blog Patrol (April 28, 2009)

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “The Blog Patrol.” I’ve tried to get back to the basics with this weeks’ Blog Patrol. In past weeks I have included more links for each day, but my goal with this process has been to include only the best posts. The problem I have been having is that there are so many good posts out there. That said, I have done my best to pick the best of the best for inclusion in the Blog Patrol, and tried to accept that that means that some good posts will be excluded. I hope that this process will help to keep the Blog Patrol more concise and useful to you the reader. If you have any suggestions for blogs that have not been featured in the Blog Patrol, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to include in last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Are We Saying Anything Worth Saying?

  • Clayton King looks at the importance and goal of Biblical teaching.

Wednesday (April 22, 2009)

From TGC: Mark Driscoll on Avoiding Irreverent Babble in a Facebook, Blog-happy Culture

  • Steve Matthewson reports on Mark Driscoll’s talk from the Gospel Coalition. Apparently, Driscoll’s talk was a 40 point sermon on 2 Timothy 2:14-26.

From TGC: Tim Keller Takes on Cultural Idols

  • In this report, Matthewson looks at Tim Keller’s presentation on Acts 19:23-41 on discerning, exposing, and destroying the idols of our culture.

Not Just Good-Housekeeping: A Case for Christian Hospitality (Part 1)

  • John Starke starts a series on the call for Christian Hospitality.

Adoration that Offends

  • Tyler Kenny looks at why the exclusivity of the gospel offends.

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25 NOT SO Random Things About Me

For the past several months, one of the more popular activities on facebook has been filling out and posting “25 Random Things About Me.”  It’s become a bit of a phenomenon with articles about it in Time magazine and all over.  I admit to, not only posting “25 Random Things About Me,” but also enjoying reading them and finding out more about my friend.  Now, several months later, It occurred to me that there are vastly more important things about me which I did not include in my original list.  So, without further ado, here are 25 NOT SO Random Things About Me:

  1. I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
  2. I am steeped in sin and have been since birth. (Psalm 51:5)
  3. I am chosen. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
  4. I am born again. (1 Peter 1:23)
  5. I am freed from the bondage of sin.(Romans 6:6, Romans 8:2)
  6. I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  7. I am God’s workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
  8. I am free from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
  9. I am redeemed and forgiven. (Colossians 1:14)
  10. I am a work in progress. (Philippians 1:6)
  11. I am in Christ and Christ in me. (John 17:20, Galatians 2:20)
  12. I am a friend of Christ. (John 15:15)
  13. I am a co-worker of God. (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  14. I am a co-heir with Christ to the Kingdom of God. (Romans 8:17)
  15. I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
  16. I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
  17. I am a priest. (1 Peter 2:9)
  18. I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
  19. I am an ambassador of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
  20. I am the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  21. I am in possession of the truth. (1 John 5:20)
  22. I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  23. I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
  24. I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
  25. I am loved by God. (Romans 8:38)

…and, since I was having so much fun, here’s another set of 25 NOT SO Random Things about me…

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Moses is Departing Egypt: A Facebook Haggadah

I originally saw this on the Theophiles blog, and it was to good not to pass along.  I was going to wait for Tuesday’s weekly Blog Patrol, but I couldn’t wait:

The Passover Seder, the oldest continuously observed religious ceremony in the world, tells the story of the Jews’ Exodus from Egypt.  Jewish tradition says that people of each generation must imagine that they personally had departed from Egypt, and the sages say that each generation must tell the story in its own terms.

The sages probably did not intend this.

Enjoy!

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